The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has authorized
the National Air Transportation Association Compliance Services
(NATACS) to expand the National Fingerprint Collection
Clearinghouse (NFCC) to certify and collect fingerprints for alien
flight training candidates and other designated individuals who
must comply with the new security regulations under 49CFR Part 1552
and for other TSA-designated programs. The NATACS/NFCC
network can now assist with the collection of fingerprints
internationally for these programs.
Responds To Times Story About FBI/DHS White Paper On Aviation
From the EAA...
EAA is pointedly disagreeing with much of a New York Times
story published Monday morning that states a new government report
indicates general aviation might be vulnerable to use by
terrorists, despite huge investments in aviation security.
FAA Urges STRICT Compliance, Warns Of Possible Midairs
We noticed this on the FAA website, thanks to our friends at
ALTITUDE DEVIATIONS DURING IFR DEPATURE PROCEDURES AT
TETERBORO AIRPORT ARE CAUSING POTENTIAL MID AIR COLLISIONS. IF YOU
PLAN TO OPERATE INTO OR OUT OF THE TETERBORO AIRPORT (KTEB), PLEASE
UNDERSTAND, AND COMPLY WITH THE TETERBORO FIVE DEPARTURE PROCEDURE
More than three years and billions of dollars after 9/11, how
safe is our air transportation system? Not very, according to a new
report from the DHS and FBI. The report says al Qaeda and its
affiliates may be looking to hijack charter aircraft -- including
helicopters -- to stage more attacks against the American
The TSA is investigating a trio of reports of planes in trouble
over Long Island Sound. The reports, which came in Sunday night,
came in at roughly the same time, according to local news reports
-- but none of them turned out to be true.
Making room for Onex to take over its commercial plants in
Wichita, KS, and Tulsa and McAlester, OK, Boeing is laying off
9,300 people. The company also demands workers sign a waiver
allowing Boeing to release personnel records to the new owners.
By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs
Suddenly jobless at 68, ousted from the presidency of the
world's largest aerospace company by something as deeply personal
as a sex scandal and staring divorce in the face, any other man in
Harry Stonecipher's position might be trying to cope with the end
of his world.
As Harry Stonecipher spoke strongly and confidently to a Naples,
FL, civic organization on Friday, his wife, 69-year old Joan
Stonecipher, was filing for divorce in Chicago -- less than a week
after Stonecipher was ousted from the CEO position at Boeing in the
wake of a scandalous sexual liaison with a Boeing vice
Life goes on at Boeing, as it has in the wake of scandal after
costly scandal, after President and CEO Harry Stonecipher was
ousted last weekend because of his admitted affair with 48-year old
Debra Peabody, a company vice president based in the nation's
Physicist, Aerospace Engineer Congratulated By Key
Picked Friday by President Bush to lead NASA, 55-year old
Michael Griffin is as different from his predecessor as night and
day. Whereas Sean O'Keefe came from a financial and agency
management background, Griffin has a background in academics, with
strong science pedigrees in physics and aerospace engineering.
Nobody was hurt early Sunday when a Boeing 747 flying for Air
China became stuck in the asphalt of a taxiway at Los Angeles
International Airport as it was taxiing for take-off, according to
news reports from as far away as Beijing.
Hognose Investigates The Engine-Out Passenger Experience
By Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien
I recently had an argument with another aviator about some
recent news stories that hyperventilated over a couple of recent
incidents wherein 747-400 operators, notably British Airways,
secured a misbehaving engine and continued on to their destination
rather than turning back or finding an alternate. He more or less
agreed with the news stories, and was willing to hang the captains
by their thumbs (which hasn't happened).
Keynote Speakers From Mooney And SWA Grace The Podium
By ANN Correspondent Rose Dorcey
The final day of the 16th Annual International Women in Aviation
Conference opened with messages of support by keynote speakers
Gretchen Jahn, President, Mooney Airplane Company, Southwest
Airlines President Colleen Barrett and Airshow Performer Chandy
By ANN Correspondents Rose Dorcey and Aleta Vinas
More than 2,500 women, and a surprising number of men, are
attending the 16th Annual Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas
this weekend. We asked a few brave (male) souls what brought them
to the convention, and what it's like to be here.
By ANN Correspondents Aleta Vinas and Rose Dorcey
For a change, females constituted the majority at an aviation
function during the 16th Annual Women in Aviation International
conference in Dallas (TX). ANN spoke to some of the attendees to
discover if they had mentors helping them. We also asked whether
the path was easier now to get into aviation than say, 20 years
ago. Here are some of the answers we received.
PA-28 200R, TT ONLY 74 hrs. SFRM, AF 7,000 HRS. Full IFR, dual
KX155 Nav/Coms with dual glideslopes., WX-11 Stormscope, Piper III
Auto Pilot, Loran, ADF, Standby Vacuum Pump.
Exterior Quality: 8, Interior Quality: 8
New, will sell for $70,000.00
"I'm just as blown away by this as everybody else."
Source: Joan Stonecipher, wife of ousted Boeing
CEO Harry Stonecipher, in comments to the Chicago Tribune. She
spoke Friday, after her lawyers filed for her divorce. The move
came less than a week after Harry's affair with Boeing Vice
President Debra Peabody was exposed to the company, and just a few
weeks after the Stonecipher's 50th wedding anniversary.
AD NUMBER: 2005-05-05
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-05
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new
airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 B4-600,
B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model C4-605R Variant F
airplanes (collectively called A300-600); and Model A310 series
airplanes; equipped with certain Honeywell inertial reference units
AD NUMBER: 2005-03-11
MANUFACTURER: Boeing (Correction)
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-11
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model
767 series airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive
detailed and eddy current inspections of the aft pressure bulkhead
for damage and cracking, and repair if necessary.
AD NUMBER: 2005-05-10
MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-10
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new
airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE Systems (Operations)
Limited Model BAe 146 series airplanes.